Photo by Shiv Aroor / INS Shivalik at Naval Dockyard Mumbai
Friday, April 30, 2010
Photo by Shiv Aroor / INS Shivalik at Naval Dockyard Mumbai
According to sources, the Gripen team was very keen to demonstrate the hot refuelling capability -- even the IAF had no problems witnessing the demonstration even though it wasn't required as part of the tests -- but the offer was shot down by Indian Oil, which said it had never conducted a hot refueling operation before, and wasn't sure it was equipped to take the risk, despite assurances from Saab that it was standard practice with the Gripen. Hot refueling, it must be said, does have its share of risks.
The incident has, however, had its effect. The IAF is now keen to witness a hot refueling demonstration, and will look favourably upon such a capability in its final evaluation of the MMRCA competition. Also, it has requested Indian Oil Aviation to set about getting itself certified for hot refueling ops for the future. IOC will need to look abroad for any sort of certification. Hot refueling trucks and crews in the US, for example, receive special training and certification from an agency in the USAF command structure.
USAF Photo of Gripen at Nellis AFB, 2008
The INS Shivalik created history by firing its main gun during its first ever sortie on June 12 last year. With 23 sorties on its log at the time of commissioning, she's well into her work-up, and has already completed most of her weapons work-up. The fit and finish of the ship on the inside is splendid. The kit on board is all strictly top notch stuff. Crew quarters are comfortable and thoughtful. Like commissioning CO Captain MD Suresh said, "This is one generation ahead of anything the Indian Navy has right now." The crew has our very best wishes. May the enemy wither in your wake.
Photos by Shiv Aroor
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
In the latest step towards the final sale of 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster-III heavy transports to the Indian Air Force, the Pentagon has notified US Congress of the prospective sale. According to the notification, "The Government of India (GOI) requests a possible sale of 10 Boeing C-17 GLOBEMASTER III aircraft, 45 F117-PW-100 engines (40 installed and 5 spare engines), 10 AN/ALE-47 Counter-Measures Dispensing Systems, 10 AN/AAR-47Missile Warning Systems, spare and repairs parts, repair and return, warranty, pyrotechnics, flares, other explosives, aircraft ferry and refueling support, crew armor, mission planning system software, communication equipment and support, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $5.8 billion."
Photo by Shiv Aroor / Agra Cope India 2009
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Photo 2: – Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen man the rails while mooring in Goa ahead of Malabar 2010.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles Oki)
Friday, April 23, 2010
The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA Tejas) Limited Series Production (LSP) 3 aircraft took off for the first time today. This is the ninth test vehicle to join the flight line to undertake development flight trials of the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas towards operational clearance for induction in the IAF by the end of the year. The LSP-3 is a quantum jump in terms of the equipment fit on the aircraft. It is almost the final configuration including the new air-data computers, Israeli Elta multimode radar, new communication and navigation equipment and radar warning receiver. With this successful flight, the LCA programme is very close to Initial Operations Clearance (IOC), to be achieved by December. The remaining effort is mostly flight testing and demonstration of sensors and weapon performance.
The test aircraft was flown by Wg Cdr G Thomas, VM of the National Flight Test Centre (NFTC) at ADA. As per procedure the first flight was accompanied by a chase aircraft which was a Tejas Trainer flown by Gp Capt RR Tyagi, the Chief Test Pilot and Wg Cdr (Retd) PK Raveendran SC, the Group Director (Flight Test). The test flight was conducted from the Telemetry station by the Test Director, Wg Cdr S Toffeen, under the supervision of Air Cmde Rohit Varma VM, the Project Director (Flight Test). The flight took off from HAL airport in Bangalore and all the objectives of the flight were met within the duration of 52 minutes.
With this flight the total number of test flights accumulated across nine test vehicles of the Tejas programme has reached one thousand three hundred and fifty and has logged about 800 hrs of flight.
Text Abridged From DRDO Statement
Photos Courtesy DRDO
Indian Navy Statement: MALABAR CY 10, will be conducted in the Arabian Sea from 23 Apr to 02 May 2010. This, the fourteenth round of exercise MALABAR, has frontline units of US Navy’s 7th fleet and Indian Navy’s Western Fleet participating. The scope of MALABAR exercise includes diverse range of operational activities at sea. During MALABAR CY 10, the US Navy will be represented by ships from CTF 70 of the USN 7th Fleet which is based at Yokosuka, Japan. The CTF will include the Cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), Destroyers USS Chaffee (DDG 90), USS Lassen (DDG 82) and Frigate USS Curts (FFG 38). In addition, one Los Angeles class nuclear powered submarine, USS Annapolis (SSN 760), two P3C Orion aircraft and a 28 member US Navy Special Forces team will also participate in the exercise. The Indian Navy will be represented by INS Mysore, an indigenous Delhi Class guided missile destroyer and three guided missile frigates, INS Godavari, INS Brahmaputra and INS Tabar. In addition, one Shishumar class submarine, INS Shankush, Sea Harrier fighters, other fixed and rotary wing aircraft are also scheduled to participate in the bilateral exercise.
The thrust of the exercise this year would be on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Surface Firings, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) and Submarine Operations. The exercise is primarily aimed at deriving mutual benefit from each others experiences.